Pay tribute to those who’ve servedPublished 7:57pm Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Every year Nov. 11 is set aside to pay tribute to veterans. Veterans Day as it is now observed is for the living as well as the dead. It is unlike Memorial Day that is strictly for those memorialized for sacrificing their lives protecting the nation and our freedoms. Those veterans we have vowed to never forget with their special day, Memorial Day.
On Veterans Day the last few years a diligent effort has been made to identify and pay tribute to those veterans who died during the past year.
This is in accordance of paying tribute to all who have honorably served our nation both living and dead. The following list is the product of that effort for the Veterans Day year of 2011-2012. If any are missed, it is because they were not reported to me.
11/07/2011, Roy Jewel Moon
11/30/2011, Andrew Monroe Allen
12/01/2011, George Edgar Myers
12/08/2011, Joseph Arthur Freine
01/04/2012, Robert Thomas Poe
01/05/2012, James Earl Smitherman
01/07/2012, Bruce Sewell, Marine Corps
01/13/2012, Ralph Thomley, Navy
01/24/2012, Drummond Percy Huggins
01/24/2012, Thomas Alfred Sherrer, Sr.
01/25/2012, Boles B. Pegues
01/25/2012, Edwin Swindle, Army
01/28/2012, Ronald Coffee, Army
01/29/2012, Aubrey Pheaton Guinn, Sr.
02/01/2012, Jerry Messer, Marine Corps Reserve
02/03/2012, Julian Aubrey White
02/14/2012, William Boyd, Army
02/22/2012, James Barnard Guthrie
02/24/2012, Ernest Oliver, Army & Air Force
02/25/2012, Johnny Edward Dennis, Jr.
02/29/2012, Calbert W. Colee
03/01/2012, Gilbert Maroney, Navy
03/20/2012, Richard Wylie Stephens
03/25/2012, Loretta Knight, Army (WAC)
04/06/2012, Malcolm Jordan, Air Force
04/13/2012, John Buster Mayo
04/26/2012, Kenneth Wayne Frith
04/27/2012, James Robert Hollis, Sr.
05/03/2012, Roy Stanley Jones, Sr.
05/09/2012, Ellis Andrew Wayand, Sr.
05/10/2012, Robert Charles Asquith
05/10/2012, Jerry Sorrells, Air Force
05/11/2012, Roland V. Griffin, Sr., Army
05/13/2012, Max Williamson, Air Force
05/14/2012, Benjamin Franklin Beers, Jr.
05/18/2012, Lyron Gandy, Air Force
05/25/2012, Marvin Donald Creel
06/02/2012, Edgar Vancil, Air Force
06/08/2012, Robert Walter Kirk, Jr.
06/14/2012, Emil Fredrick Miehlke
06/15/2012, John Furniss Callaway
06/16/2012, Walter Hardy Garrison, Jr.
06/17/2012, Stanley Turberville, Army
06/26/2012, Buford Campbell, Army
07/10/2012, Robert Fletcher Harris
07/16/2012, Pete Anthony, Air Force
08/04/2012, Claude Kilpatrick Knight, Jr.
08/26/2012, Benjamin Franklin Lee
09/05/2012, Larry Gideon Ethridge
09/18/2012, John Barlow, Coast Guard
10/06/2012, Euel James Baker
10/2012, Lee Arthur Stewart, Army
10/07/2012, Gordon Kendrick, Army
10/09/2012, Willie Clyde Green
10/24/2012, Charles Piper, Army
11/04/2012, Larry Craig, Army
It is with great admiration and respect we remember our fellow comrades in arms. They have completed their service to God and county while here on earth. We are free today due to the efforts of men and women such as those listed here. Their selfless service is hereby noted and will be a model for others who follow.
A note of reminder to all family and friends of the need to decorate the graves of our veterans. Veterans Day and Memorial Day are excellent times to visit and place bright new American flags. Even if you have no relatives buried here, consider adopting a friend or acquaintance grave to place a flag as I do. It will be a blessing and give more meaning to your Veterans Day observance.